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Women’s basketball: OSU vs. OU

by John Helsley Published: February 22, 2008

Cowgirls and Sooners
Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team (21-4 overall, 9-3 Big 12) will travel to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma (19-5, 9-3) in the second installment of the Bedlam Series on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cowgirls are fresh off a 71-66 win over Texas on Wednesday, while the Sooners are coming off a 68-65 triumph at Kansas State during the midweek.

Game 411
OSU will be in search of its 10th league win, which would match its previous best in Big 12 play set during the 1997-98 season. Saturday’s game will feature the top two scoring offenses in the Big 12 as OSU ranks first (77.8 ppg) and OU checks in at No. 2 (74.8 ppg). The contest will also feature the league’s top two scorers in Andrea Riley (22.5 ppg) and Courtney Paris (18.0 ppg).
About Oklahoma
Oklahoma enters Saturday’s contest having won eight of its last nine games. The Sooners have won five consecutive home games and have won 10 of 11 overall inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Baylor has been the only team to emerge victorious from Norman after its 84-73 win on Jan. 20. OU features the nation’s top rebounder in Courtney Paris (14.8 rpg). Paris is also sixth in the nation in blocked shots at 3.2 rejections per game. As a team, OU ranks first nationally with its +13.7 rebounding margin. Like OSU, the Sooners have used the same starting five in all but one game this season.

The Series
The Sooners lead the overall series with a 45-35 mark. OSU’s 82-63 win in Stillwater earlier this season halted OU’s 17-game winning streak in the series. OSU last swept the season series with its in-state rival in 1998, capping a six-game winning streak against the Sooners. OSU’s 76-54 win on Feb. 7, 1998 was also its last victory in Norman. OU holds a 24-11 advantage all-time at home in the series.

What 2 Watch 4
Saturday’s contest will be televised by Fox Sports Net with Kevin Eschenfelder and Brenda Van Lengen serving as the talent … a win would be OSU’s sixth Big 12 road win this season … the Cowgirls’ five road wins are already their most in league play since the formation of the Big 12.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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